Number of Countries: 104 out of 195
(some countries are under two headings: Kazakhstan, Armenia and Turkey are under both Europe and Asia; Syria, Jordan and Lebanon are under both Asia and Middle East for example)
“There are 195 countries in the world today. This total comprises 193 countries that are member states of the United Nations and 2 countries that are non-member observer states: the Holy See and the State of Palestine.”
List of Countries:
- South Africa
- South Korea
Australia and Oceania:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Czech Republic
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
- Vatican City
- Antigua and Barbuda
- St Kitts and Nevis
- St Lucia
- St Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
Other places I have been to that do not constitute a country:
Any interesting travel stories to share?
Which countries are your favourite?
The answer to that kept changing over the years. Now I would say:
Previously: Bosnia, Greece, Croatia.
Favourite places from your travels?
Kotor (Montenegro), Plitvice Lakes (Croatia), Hallstatt (Austria), Petra (Jordan), Tokyo (Japan), Caye Caulker (Belize), Khiva (Uzbekistan), Ittoqotoormiit (Greenland), Palau, Iguassu Falls (Argentina/Brazil), Seoul (South Korea), Queenstown (New Zealand), Chefchaouen (Morocco), San Sebastian (Spain), La Paz (Bolivia), Puerto Varas (Chile), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Moyenne Island (Seychelles), Mostar (Bosnia), Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia), Oxford (UK), Black Sand Beach (Iceland).
Which was the most challenging?
Undoubtedly the trip we did to the Caucasus and Central Asia. It involved an insane amount of research, planning, persuading (my husband), convincing (my mother-in-law I wasn’t trying to get her son killed) and praying (for passports to get back in time before it needed to go out to the next embassy/consulate).
We are doing a big cruise trip in October where I will visit St Petersburg – finally getting Russia!
A big trip I hope to do next year would be one of the following:
Hawaii, Cuba, Mexico or Canada (Calgary to Vancouver to tick something off my bucket list).
How do you travel with two babies?
So you’ve visited 100 countries before 30…
Yes, and the new goal is to visit 150 countries before 50 and dive much more at some point as soon as the kids are older.
What are your dream destinations?
Churchill in Canada, Ilulissat and Disko Bay in Greenland, West Africa and the Pacific Islands.